While the internet is awash in click bait filled titles and repurposed content, top journalists and online storytellers are producing more and better content than ever before, you just need to know where to look to find the best stories from the most creative and inspiring writers.
We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite places to find real news and top stories. While there are far too many incredible publishers to name them all, we’ve focused our list on ways you can get exposure to multiple publications and very different writers while you peruse these curated publications. If you have other places you like to read or write for, we’d like to hear about them.
Longform.org curates new and classic nonfiction from around the web. You’ll find recent multi-media masterpieces from the likes of the New York times, Sports Illustrated exposes on athletes you’ve never heard of that are still relevant today, and hidden gems from publications you’d never stumble upon on your own. They only publish pieces that are 2,000 words or longer, they give you a nice handy “time to read” counter on every piece, and their top stories of the week are usually a collection of well written pieces on current events and stories they’ve pulled from the archives.
They also have a new podcast that includes great stories you won’t find anywhere else, and their sponsors include some of incredible writing institutions which help them to underwrite some of their own paid stories. They’ve recently started publishing longform fiction as well.
Similar to Longform.org, LONGREADS curates great longform journalism and stories from around the web. They feature stories that are a bit shorter than Longform.org, but they also publish a lot more community submitted stories and independent journalism. We recommend following them on Flipboard if you don’t already.
Flipboard is our favorite place to see the news we want and need to see. They curate content from the world’s best publishers, allowing you to follow specific topics, and creating a personalized “newspaper” with the type of stories you want to see. You can also follow magazines created by independent curators on specific topics, and those stories will show up in your main feed. The UX is one of our favorite parts, as you can quickly flip through stories and save them to your own private or public magazines.
While Medium is a controversial platform amongst many journalists, many have embraced the platform for its ease of distribution for more thought related pieces. If you’re looking for inside perspectives, especially from the tech industry, or really niche topics, you may find them on Medium. Created by some of the founders from Twitter, they have a built in social network that allows you to follow your favorite writers, easily interact with pieces, and share the content that you’re reading.
If you’re anything like us here at TrendLogic, we’re constantly finding stories we’d love to read at the worst times. That’s why we use Pocket to save those stories we just don’t have time to peruse at the moment. But like many web tools, we often forget to actually go back and read pocket when we’re sitting on the trains, planes, and automobiles – so we use the handy companion app, REREAD.io. Sync it up to your Pocket account (or log in to both using google apps), and it will send you random articles you’ve saved to pocket every day, once a week, or once a month.
Keep Reading and Supporting Great Journalism
There’s no doubt that journalism in our current climate is being challenged, so it’s important that as readers we support those who are telling true stories. One of the best ways we can do that is to share their stories, to keep reading, and to interact with great writers. The internet has empowered many of us to become engaged with those that are presenting us with the news, and as active citizens we owe it to ourselves and the writers we respect to engage with them.